Try Before You Buy

Now is the time of giving and receiving.  To help those patrons who may be buying or receiving new eReaders, tablets, or computers this season, we at the library will be holding “Try Before You Buy” workshops throughout December and into January.  (You can download a full schedule here).  At these workshops, friendly and experienced staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.  You’ll even have a chance to play with the devices yourself!

To keep pace with the number of changes in the gadget world, we’ve outfitted our “technology zoo” with even more devices than last year.  Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect to see:


Designed primarily to facilitate reading—as opposed to playing games or watching movies—eReaders offer the clarity of paper but have been hampered heretofore by an obvious shortcoming:  the need for external light in dark environments.  This year saw the emergence of illuminated eReaders such as the Nook Glowlight and the Kindle Paperwhite.  These devices come with built-in lights, and we have examples of each for you to try.


Perhaps no category of gadget has seen more growth or development than the tablet.  Offering users a great deal of flexibility with respect to common computer tasks, such devices come in a variety of sizes and support a variety of applications and functions.  Find out what suits your interests by comparing the latest offerings from leading companies, including Apple’s iPad Mini, Google’s Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, Amazon’s Kindle Fire, and Barnes and Noble’s Nook HD.


Despite the strong growth of mobile devices, many users still turn first to desktop or laptop devices when performing computer tasks.  Microsoft and Apple remain the main players in the development of computer operating systems, and as luck would have it, each company released significant upgrades this year.  If you’re in the market for a new desktop or laptop this holiday season, you’ll want to explore the changes and improvements made by Windows 8 and Mountain Lion, both of which are represented in the library’s “technology zoo.”

At the library, we’re always focused on remaining up-to-date on technological developments and thereby providing the best service to our patrons.  We hope you can make it to one of our “Technology Open Houses.”